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Suspects wielding hammers and batons
attack diners at Tinley Park restaurant
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By Mike Nolan Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2012 3:20PM
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:30PM
Police investigate the scene at The
Ashford House Restaurant, 7959 W.
159th Street, in Tinley Park, where a
group of people entered and started
assaulting patrons on May 19, 2012.
Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
It was the middle of the lunch rush
Saturday, and Mike Winston was working
in the kitchen of his Tinley Park
restaurant, the Ashford House, when a
waitress screamed a fight had broken out
in the dining room.
Police call the melee at the restaurant a
targeted assault by a mob that Winston
said wielded metal batons and hammers.
Ten diners were hurt in the attack, and
three of those were hospitalized.
Tinley Park police had five suspected
assailants in custody, and Winston said 18
young men, all wearing hooded jackets
and obscuring their faces with scarves and
other coverings, stormed into the
"They came running in the door single
file," said Winston, who owns Ashford
House, 7959 W. 159th St., and the
adjacent Winston's Market.
Winston, and police, said the men knew who their targets were, and
that the attack wasn't a random act of violence. Winston said the mob
"targeted" a group of 20 diners, all of whom were from out of state.
"Once they attacked the table, they went and started hitting random
people," Winston said.
Along with hammers, the men used what Winston described as "old-
fashioned police batons" as well as metal batons.
"Four or five people got knocked over the head pretty good, enough to
require stitches," he said.
He chased after one of the attackers "and had him on the ground, then
five guys got out of a car and started kicking the [crap] out of me,"
Source: Group beaten at Tinley
Park restaurant were white
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Winston said he was kicked in the back of the head and suffered several
bruises, but he was the only restaurant employee who was hurt.
"They did a whole lot of damage," he said. "They flipped over tables,
they broke half the dishes. "
Surveillance cameras inside the restaurant captured the attack, and
footage was turned over to Tinley Park police, Winston said.
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